Career and Professional Development Center

IUP Career Expo


IUP Career and Professional Development Center Job and Internship Search Tips. (1) Know yourself and what you want (2) Prepare your job search materials (3) Leverage your network (4) Apply for jobs or internships (5) Differentiate yourself (6) Prepare for interviews (7) Negotiate the job offer

IUP Career and Professional Development Center:
We’re here to support and assist you!

Information about how we can best serve your particular needs is available for Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, Alumni, Faculty and Staff, Employers, and Family Members.

Save These Dates for Spring 2022


  • 3-Food For Thought:  Career Lunch and Learn (Never Too Early to Job Search) 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Hawk HUB (Near Chick-Fil-A)
  • 8-Professional Panel Series, (Focus: Sales) 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Zoom/Watch Party Live, 305 Pratt Hall
  • 10-Roving Résumé Reviews, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Stapleton Library
  • * 14-Business Attire Fashion Show, (followed by networking) Six O'Clock Series 6:00 p.m., HUB Ohio Room
  • * 16-Spring Career Fair, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., KCAC
  • 22-The Washington Center Information Session, 5:00 p.m., 305 Pratt Hall
  • Suit-Up with JCPenney, Online Only, January 25–March 5



  • * 5-Fringe Skills: What They Are And Why You Need Them (followed by networking), 6:00 pm, Elkin Hall Great Room
  • 7-Professional Panel Series, (Focus:  Hospitality),  11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Zoom/Watch Party Live in 305 Pratt Hall
  • 11-Food for Thought:  Career Lunch and Learn, (NACE Career Competencies), 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., North Dining Hall
  • 14—Roving Résumé Reviews, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., The HUB (near the fitness center)

* The CRSS Events are part of the IUP Career Ready Seminar Series. The Career Ready Seminar Series provides an overview of key competencies which impending graduates need to learn and develop to be successful as they make the transition from higher education into the professional world of work. Learn about a professional topic and have the opportunity to network with industry professionals.

Job and Internship Search Tips

  • Action Step #1 - Know yourself and what you want
  • Action Step #2 - Prepare your job search materials
  • Action Step #3 - Leverage your network
  • Action Step #4 - Apply for jobs or internships
  • Action Step #5 - Differentiate yourself
  • Action Step #6 - Prepare for interviews
  • Action Step #7 - Negotiate the job offer

As we continue to move through this challenging time, the CPDC is adapting to ensure that your career planning needs are still met and other associated work is achieved. To this end

  • While we've offered virtual appointments for some time now, we are planning for most of our events to be held in-person beginning in the fall semester, unless otherwise noted.

Handshake Hello

Connect with Handshake, a comprehensive online career and internship resource offering powerful search tools and alerts. IUP students and alumni are provided with a free account, giving you access to more than 1 million jobs posted by 200,000 companies, nonprofit groups, and government organizations nationwide to help you find jobs that best fit your skills and interests.

View the Career and Professional Development Center Newsletter

Student and Graduate Support Program

The Career and Professional Development Center is committed to providing all students quality services and developmental opportunities that support the educational objectives of IUP. Our goal is to advance students and alumni toward their career trajectory by providing career consultation and support and teaching them how to become active participants in their own continuing career development and success. Help us to help students and alumni by investing today in our efforts through a gift to the Career and Professional Development Center. There are three specific ways you can support us:

  • IUP CPDC General Fund- This fund supports activities and programming that advances the professional growth and career development of IUP's students and alumni.
  • IUP Internship Support Initiative Fund- This fund helps to give students the opportunity to do an internship; to learn, grow, and get experience in their desired work/field; and to develop career-relevant skills, by supplementing expenses that students incur.
  • IUP Professional Clothing-Career Closet Fund- Every student and graduate should have appropriate business and professional attire to present themselves in the best possible manner; but not every student has the means or knowledge to make this happen. Thus, we've established this fund to support our students and new graduates with appropriate professional attire and accessories.

Corporate Partnership Program

Please consider a donation to the Career and Professional Development Center's Foundation for IUP account. All donations will go toward initiatives that directly support student success.

Please Note: Submission of a request for an appointment does not guarantee the actual day and time proposed.

Appointments are subject to availability and are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. We make every effort to be timely in confirming your appointment, but it may take up to five or more business days to schedule your request. We do not schedule weekend appointments, and same-day or requests for appointments less than 24 hours after the appointment request has been submitted will not be able to be accommodated.

Scheduling time may increase during busy times of the year, such as before career fairs, large networking events, or when all students in a class are required to meet with the CPDC to have their résumé reviewed, etc. Once your appointment has been scheduled, you will be contacted and will receive confirmation of your request by email or phone. Please do not assume you have an appointment until you've received your confirmation. If you have not had a reply within five business days, please call 724-357-2235 to confirm that request was received.

  • You may use to forward résumés, cover letters, and other career-related documents to us for review and respond with feedback. (Please refer to statement above regarding same day, weekend, and reviews requested less than 24 hours after submitting your résumé.)

We're inviting you to please follow us on social media (accounts listed below) to stay up to date with programming and services, to receive valuable career information and tips, and to ask career-related questions.

  • Twitter and Instagram: @IUP_CPDC
  • Facebook: @iupcareerdevelopmentcenter
  • LinkedIn Groups: IUP Career Development and Networking + IUP Alumni

We will also be posting additional career resources on our website in lieu of the live programming we typically do throughout the academic year.

If you'd like us to do a virtual workshop or presentation for your organization, please complete the online workshop request form available on our website, and we'll do our best to accommodate all requests.

Please feel free to reach out to any of our team members.

CPDC Video Programming


The Career and Professional Development Center offers a vast array of services for career-oriented students and graduates. Our goal is to help students to become more confident in their professional development and networking abilities so they can make informed decisions about graduate schools and career opportunities.

In college you spend a lot of time trailblazing and learning new things. It can be totally overwhelming, but there is a whole community willing to help. For me, the IUP Career and Professional Development Center was integral in my success. I got my first professional headshot, honed my interview skills, and practiced networking in many different situations. Without the career center, my first real interview would have been a lot scarier and my LinkedIn profile would be lackluster.

A few years into my career, I now review résumés and interview candidates. I can vouch that recruiters only spend mere seconds on each résumé. You may be great in person, but we have to look at a lot of applications, and one small error could mean you don't make the cut. Getting a job and learning to be professional takes time, so why not go to the experts for help?

—Elena Kapp ’16, International Business

Mock Interviews and Etiquette Dinners

Handshake Online Job-Posting System logo with the word handshake and a stylized  capital H that looks like two people shaking hands

Handshake Highlights


Handshake is a one-stop shop for students to prepare and launch their careers; and for companies, nonprofits, and organizations of all shapes and sizes to find, recruit, and hire IUP alumni. Handshake uses data to help students find jobs or internships that best match their interests.


IUP alumni can sign up for Handshake using their personal email address. The IUP Single Sign-On function is available only for current students. If you are a current student, do not fill out the Alumni Registration Form, since your account has already been created.


  • Multi-school job posting—with just a few clicks, post your job across dozens of schools, for free. (Please register using a permanent staff member's name and email address as the organization's contact, and not someone in a temporary or internship position.)

  • Powerful applicant filtering—narrow down potential hires to the best fits through our advanced filter options. 

  • Dedicated employer training and support—Handshake University will quick start your experience with weekly webinars, videos, and help articles. Employers can also contact Handshake's world-class support team for hands-on help.

  • One account, 350 schools! Ditch the dozens of websites, logins, and passwords. With Handshake you get a single integrated network.


Career Resources for Students and Alumni with Disabilities

The IUP Career and Professional Development Center staff are committed to helping students and alumni with visible and non-visible disabilities find gainful and satisfying employment. A list of resources is available to assist students and alumni with their job search.

Please contact our office at 724-357-2235 or if you have any questions or wish to schedule a virtual appointment with one of our career counselors.

Graduates throwing caps in the air

Have you wondered what you can do with a degree in Philosophy? How about one in Physics or Safety Sciences? The What You Can Do With Your Degree pages feature comments from recent IUP graduates and suggestions for which professions work best with which degree. Check it out!

Check out our Career and Professional Development Center Blog.

Request a Career-Oriented Workshop

The Career and Professional Development Center offers a variety of career-oriented workshops that may be valuable to your curriculum or student organization. To make this process more convenient for you, trained career consultants will present these topics on an as-needed basis. 

Faculty Assignment Request Form

If you require or offer extra credit to your students to create/update their resumes or meet virtually with the CPDC for any of our services, please let us know by completing the Faculty Assignment Request form.


Career Resources Handouts

Check out these helpful guides in printable PDF format on writing a résumé or cover letter, creating business cards, getting the most out of your LinkedIn account, appropriate business attire, and more!

Why Visit the IUP Career and Professional Development Center?

Graduation day is not the day you should start thinking about your career. The Career and Professional Development Center is committed to providing quality services and developmental opportunities that support the educational objectives of IUP. Our goal is to teach students, by providing career consultation and support, how to become active participants in their own continuing career development.

Why should you take advantage of the services offered by the IUP Career and Professional Development Center?

Check out the IUP Career and Professional Development Center Facebook page and IUP Career and Professional Development Center videos for information about what services are provided by our office, and how you can improve your job search skills.

LGBTQIA Support equals IUP

Facebook Connect with Career Development

Join us on Facebook and Twitter and get the advantage of early notification about job fairs, employment opportunities, and more.

Résumé Reviews and Career Information

If you need to have your résumé reviewed, but don't have the opportunity to stop by our office, you can send it to Your résumé will be reviewed by one of our career consultants, and you will receive feedback.

We make every effort to be timely in the approval process, but it may take up to five or more business days to review and provide feedback on your résumé. Processing time may increase during busy times of the year (e.g., before a career fair, large networking event, or when all students in a class are required to have their sums reviewed).

Be aware of job and internship application deadlines, and begin the résumé approval process well before an application is due. If you have an urgent need to have your résumé reviewed, please contact our office directly at 724-357-2235 or email your request to

Drop-in Hours Return for Fall 2021 Semester

Do you have a quick question about your résumé, interview skills, graduate school application, etc., but don't have time for a regular appointment? The Career and Professional Development Center staff is available over the summer for résumé reviews and appointment. Please request an appointment or submit your résumé to In-person Drop-in Hours will return in the fall semester, beginning on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.

Fall 2021 Drop-in Hours will be held every Tuesday and Wednesday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.


Bills, Budgets and Benefits 2.0

Financial wellness is an important part of "living a good life," but the secret isn't just making more money—it's about effectively managing your money and determining what your goals and values are both in college and after. This workshop will go over some tips, tricks, and tools to understand budgeting, debt and repayment strategies, and what to expect as you begin your professional career.

Diversity in the Workplace Alumni Panel

IUP alumni will discuss diversity in the workplace. Brought to you by the IUP: Career and Professional Development Center, Alumni and Friends, Athletics, and MSCLE.

Join us for Goal in the Grove on Wednesday, Sept. 8

Plan on joining us at the "Goal in the Grove" and check out how the Career and Professional Development Center can help you in your future career plans.

CPDC Planning Fall 2021 Events

The IUP Career and Professional Development Center is planning a robust list of events for the fall 2021 semester.

Informative Career-Readiness Events Planned for April

The IUP Career and Professional Development Center will offer several career-readiness virtual events during April.